Scary Experience Lighting the Coal Furnace

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Post Thu. Oct. 24, 2013 2:37 am

I found this site before my very first coal fire so I kinda understood what a puff back was. Let me say YOU DONT KNOW WHAT A PUFF BACK IS UNTIL YOU HAVE ONE. I wasnt as lucky as lightning to make the fetal position, I had to change the "drawers" :oops:
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Post Thu. Oct. 24, 2013 9:04 am

Did it look like either one of these .. or both? toothy
Coal, puffback.wmv
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ...Such laws make things worse
for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to
encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with
greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson, quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria in "On
Crimes and Punishment."

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Post Thu. Oct. 24, 2013 12:11 pm

I felt more like the cat in your video :woot: :baby:
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Post Fri. Oct. 25, 2013 7:42 pm

You need to add a rule to the rules post..
When it's -20 below coal is the way to go.

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Post Sat. Oct. 26, 2013 8:20 pm

I don't know if this is better but I use corn oil. Also I keep a 6o watt light bulb in side to keep out the moisture.

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Post Sat. Oct. 26, 2013 9:23 pm

Lightning,
That is a fascinating and very educational story for me. Thank you for sharing it with us.
You cannot be careful enough running these furnaces, boilers and stoves, and by telling your story you probably have saved a few people out there perhaps, a very dangerous fire that will not now happen.

In summertime when I shut down my VA-600 Van Wert coal stoker, late June to late August, I keep coal stoker warm and dry by letting a little warm water
feed back into the stoker unit when I am using the oil burner for summer domestic water...
....in winter time it is the reverse and warm water from the
stoker feeds back into the oil burner. seems to keep everything dried out.

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Post Sun. Oct. 27, 2013 7:41 am

tikigeorge wrote:I don't know if this is better but I use corn oil. Also I keep a 6o watt light bulb in side to keep out the moisture.
Corn oil, huh that's cool.. I imagine it would react similar to the motor oil in my lite up situation, not sure.. I also kept a light bulb inside to keep the humidity level down :D

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Post Mon. Oct. 28, 2013 3:48 pm

Do it again Dad ... that was neat !

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